David F. Gerdes

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Portland – David Francis Gerdes, 63, a man with a huge heart who loved his family died on Tuesday, April 18.

He was born in Hyannis, Mass., on May 25, 1942, a son of Henry and Dorothy (Dayette) Gerdes. He took great pride in everything he undertook and would only commit himself if he knew he could fulfill his obligations.

He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in Dallas, Texas, and served his country for 30 years, retiring as a chief warrant officer from the USCGC Cowslip out of Portsmouth, Va. While in the Coast Guard, he served several tours of duty in Vietnam. He was proud of being a member of the Coast Guard and having the opportunity to be a patriot.

He enjoyed building model ships, airplanes, tanks and acrylic painting. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan and a fanatic about college football.

He was a past member of the North Windham UCC. He also had a great love of the Masons and what they stood for as individuals and as an organization. He became a Master Mason in March 1976 in the Presumpscot Lodge, then became affiliated with Tranquil Lodge in 1993, was its master in 2000 and served as district deputy grand master of the 23rd Masonic District from 2002 to 2004. He was also a member of Lewiston Lodge of Perfection – Scottish Rite, past sovereign prince of Auburn Council Princes of Jerusalem, H.H. Dickey Chapter of Rose Croix, and Maine Consistory Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. As a member of the York Rite Bodies, he was past high priest, Bradford Royal Arch Chapter No. 9 in Auburn, St. Albans Commandery 8 Knights Templar – Portland, Dunlap Council 8 Royal Select Masters – Auburn and Kora Shrine past director of the greeter unit and Kora Teocalli 59.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Kathleen of Falmouth; his daughter, Cara Meuse and her three children, Caitlyn, Christy, and Michael of Millis, Mass.; two stepsons, Ryan Wallace of Portland and Matthew Wallace and his companion, Jenn Keef and their daughter, Nola of New Hampshire; and his brother, James Gerdes and his wife, Debbie, of Illinois.

The family would like to thank the staff of Maine Cardiology for the excellent care they gave David, especially Dr. Joel Cutler, Elizabeth Peterson, as well as Laurie and Sue from the Heart Program. Kathleen would like to send a heartfelt thanks to their many friends, neighbors and co-workers, who have helped her and David throughout the last few years during David’s illness.

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